LeahS has convinced me this is what I need to try. Currently I am doing dowels and have with no problems until recently. I do not do wedding cakes, only party cakes so I rarely do 3 levels but I do do alot of 2 level stacked cakes - usually it is a 6 inch on top of a 10 inch. I do not deliver so I always put a dowel through the middle through the two tiers. It looks to me that you can't put a dowel through the middle of the SPS. I worry about that top cake shifting. Has anyone had a problem with that? I don't think I would worry so much if it were a larger/heavier cake but that 6 inch cake doesn't have much weight to it and I could see where it could move around if the middle dowel was not there to support it. Any thoughts on this?
That's one of my questions, how about the center dowel?
Let's see what the rest of the gals have to say...
I just ordered SPS for a 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 inch cake. Nope, they're plastic plates. You wouldn't be able to put a dowel through the whole thing. But, there is a raised post in the middle of each plate. You're supposed to poke a hole up through your cardboard round from bottom to top, and make it larger with a skewer. Then you put your cake on it. When you put the cake on the plate, it sits on that post so your cake wouldn't move.
There's a little "numb" that will hold the plate in place. However, because I travel with 2 or 3 completely stacked wedding cakes I like a little more security. I actually use tape to stick the cardboard cake circle to the SPS plate.
IMO that center dowel gives you a false peace of mind anyway. If your cake is truly going over sideways, the dowel that's driven into the board at the bottom will remain - and tear right thru your cake.
I think that's what hapenned to my last big cake!!
Thank you leahs!!